B.C.'s Prosecution Service
The Vision - Courageous, Fair and Efficient – a Prosecution Service that has the confidence of the public
As an integral part of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Justice Branch will deliver on its core responsibilities in a manner that safeguards prosecutorial independence, and supports an effective justice system through communication, collaborative effort and innovation. The Branch’s core responsibilities include: (1) approving and conducting criminal and regulatory prosecutions; (2) initiating and responding to appeals; (3) providing criminal law advice to government; (4) developing policies and procedures on the administration of criminal justice; (5) liaising with the media and the public on prosecution matters; and (6) any other function or responsibility assigned to the Branch by the Attorney General.
Prosecution files are managed as one part of the overall criminal justice system:
Independence of Crown Counsel
As mandated under the Crown Counsel Act, Crown counsel make their prosecutorial decisions independent of any outside influence.
March 25, 2015
No Charge Approved in Collision between Motorcycle and VPD Vehicle
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charge has been approved against a member of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) involved in an incident on August 8, 2014 in which a male sustained a broken arm when his motorcycle collided with a police car.
March 20, 2015
No Charges Approved in IIO Investigation of Maple Ridge Arrest
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB), Ministry of Justice, announced that no charges have been approved against members of the Ridge Meadows Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in connection with an arrest on February 13, 2014. Subsequent to his arrest, an adult male complained of having sustained an injury to his right arm.
March 19, 2015
Crown Proceeds by Direct Indictment in R. v. Handlen
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) has filed a Direct Indictment in the prosecution of Garry Taylor Handlen. The Indictment charges Mr. Handlen with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Kathryn-Mary Herbert and Monica Ross Jack.
February 24, 2015
Charges Approved in Vancouver Island IIO Investigations
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that charges have been approved in connection with two separate incidents on Vancouver Island that were investigated by the Independent Investigation Office (IIO).
February 4, 2015
No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Into Motorcycle Accident
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the RCMP involved in an incident on May 31, 2014 in which the operator of a motorcycle suffered leg injuries when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.
January 14, 2015
No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Involving Police Service Dogs
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against police officers involved in incidents that occurred on October 7, 2013 in Vancouver and on January 31, 2014 in Courtenay, both of which involved the use of a police service dog (PSD) in the arrest of suspects.
January 6, 2015
CJB Implements Vulnerable Victim and Witness Policy
Victoria - Effective December 29, 2014, the Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB), implemented a new policy on best
practices for supporting adult vulnerable victims and witnesses in criminal prosecutions.
December 23, 2014
No Charges Approved in Abbotsford IIO Investigation
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced today that no charge has been approved for the use of
force by a member of the Abbotsford Police Department in arresting an adult male on January 28, 2014.